Dane Curse – Book 1

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If you lose a black cape, and can’t go to the cops, then you come to me because that’s what I do. I’ve been in the game for years. I know all the curves and all the angles, and if it gets rough then so be it, I got plenty strength, I’m double tough, and I never quit. And if need be I’ll pull my artillery to get you some answers, because I don’t care about the mistakes you’ve made or how you chose to live your life, sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.

At least that’s how it was before a mysterious murder threatens to plunge Gold Coast City into a super powered war unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to face ruthless black capes with secrets to hide, a powerful government agency bent on national expansion, and even teams of white caped heroes whose intentions are less than pure.

No easy task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength and guts if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.

What the critics are saying…

“With its dazzling pace, terrific fight scenes, and snarky humor, Dane Curse is a fast, fun read.” – Barb Taub (author of Null City series)
 
“Dane Curse is a rollercoaster ride at every turn.” – Claire Loves to Read
“Written with intelligent humor, easy dialogue, and an action-packed story line, Dane Curse is a must-read.” – Please Pass The Books  
 
If you like old school noir detectives, you’ll like this book. If you like super heroes and their culture you’ll love it.” – Celtic Frog Reviews
“This was a lot of fun… like Harry Dresden meets Braineater Jones with a major sci-fi twist.” – The Readers Hollow
                                                  
“Five stars… Filled with lots of action and humour, and will keep you engaged and entertained.” – Jael’s Reviews
“After the initial shock wears off, you’ll find yourself believing that Gold Coast City and the ‘capes’ that live there… Five stars” – New Free Kindle Books
“Contains all the explosive you can think of blending fiction fantasy mystery thriller.” – Musings of Immortals Reviews
 
The story romps along with plenty of humour and action.” – Unlimited Book Reviews 
 
… it scored in all the avenues. It is definitely a fun and unique reading experience.” – The Verdict is Out
I loved the book… I would highly recommend it.” – The Book Eaters UK 
“A well written, original story.” – Juniper Grove

Laurette Long: Free Book!

For romance fans out there Laurette Long, authoress of the dope ass Hot Basque series is giving away swag in the form of free books. Check out her site www.laurettelong.com and claim your stuff. Unless you don’t like romance. Or free stuff. Or books. In which case you’re a monster and enjoy being killed by Sam and Dean Winchester.

March 4th, a Friday and a Launch Day!

The Coconut Swindle is ‘Done’ and I’m now in the promo mode. The launch day is a hard March 4th. An official, hard, no fucking around March 4th. I’ll have the cover reveal shortly, but to my diehard fans, all fifteen of you, the day is coming. And your patience will be rewarded. Not handsomely though. JK, I’m actually pretty proud of this one.

 

Still Writing My Ass Off. JK, It’s Still There & As Big As Ever.

Ok, so The Coconut Swindle is still in the process of editing. Which should let everyone know two things:

  1. It’s going to be really good. Or just good. Whatever, it’s all subjective anyway, but the MRU’s are polished, the proactive/reactive scenes change, the goal/obstacles/stakes are clear, and the three acts are damn near perfect length.
  2. The second thing though is that the release day may be pushed back. Unfortunately for us indie authors the first month of promos and sales is vital to get attention, and while I can definitely get this out in January it may coincide with Valentine’s Day chaos, and I can’t fight that. I’m just one man!

Also, I just lost my cat Durden and that’s slowing me down a bit. I miss you tons little guy, 14 years seems like a long time, but somehow it wasn’t nearly enough.

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So long pal, you were a terrible cat but an amazing friend, and you’re already missed.

CRP Book Blog: 5 Stars!

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Boom! Another five star review, this time from the very discerning Catherine Rose Putsche. And I say discerning with all seriousness, she consumes only top notch novels from truly gifted authors. Don’t let the fact that she read a superhero noir fool you (I think she was drunk when she agreed to review me, so yay vodka!)

Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Take All Four Fucking Months

 

Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

As a struggling author and full time father/homemaker I never really thought we had much in common, outside of the fact that we both have Facebook accounts. At least that was the case until I heard that you’ll be a dad soon (mazel tov!). Raising a kid is the hardest, funnest, and most rewarding thing you’ll ever do, and while I normally shy away from giving advice to new parents, when I heard you were taking only two months of your potential four month paternity leave, I’ve changed my stance. So if you’ll allow me, I would now like to give you a little advice, dad-to-dad: take all four fucking months.

See, you’re the legendary founder of one of the world’s most dynamic companies, and in dynamic companies the team takes their cues from the leader. Thus, you shape a lot of lives by your actions. Like if you get a hoodie, all your employees will get hoodies. Or if you make limiting scope creep a priority, they’ll make limiting scope creep a priority. And if you only take two months off for your child’s birth, they’ll only take two months off for their child’s birth.

And that. Is not. Enough.

You see Mark, parenting ain’t a full time job. Full time jobs give you weekends and nights off. You get sick days. Vacations. None of that shit happens in parenting because parenting’s an all-your-time job. One that takes a lot of effort, and that can put a tremendous strain on even the strongest marriage. And that’s why people need their leave; to adjust to this new normal, to get the hang of their new roles, and gain some perspective on how much work a baby is so nobody gets taken for granted or treated unfairly. This new equilibrium takes a while to get the hang of. And that while is a hell of lot longer than sixty days.

So when Facebook employees follow your lead and only take two months for their own children they’re doing a lot more than merely proving their loyalty, drive, or toughness. They’re sacrificing the time they need to strengthen the bonds with their spouses and babies. This can lead to an instability within the family, greater stress, and I predict lower overall performance. But more importantly it also leads to less memories. Less joy. Less laughter. Less love.

And that’s for families not just in your employ. This will also affect other companies who look to your leadership, and will alter their parental leave policies accordingly. And frankly, American families already have enough to deal with.

So Mr. Zuckerberg, Mark, you changed the world for the better as the CEO of Facebook. Now it’s time to do that again as a dad.

And take all four fucking months of parental leave. Your employees, your country, and your wife, will thank you.

THE BOOK TALES: 4 STARS

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The Bibliobibuli over at The Book Tales has visited Gold Coast City and enjoyed herself immensely as shown by this review that can only be described as too fine! If you find yourself in need of some advice on what to read (and news on discounts and freebies) stop by and check them out because seriously, the only thing they can’t do is give bad literary advice. I’m not kidding. They physically can’t do it. It’s like they were born that way…